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The Bermuda Pilot Gig
The Consummate Bermudian

The Bermuda Pilot Gig

Asked to name the vessel that anchors Bermuda’s maritime history most would, justifiably, point to the Sloop, however, the local Pilot Gig was another innovative and uniquely Bermudian craft that played a vital role in Bermuda’s history. While the Sloop gave Bermudians access to the world, it is the Pilot Gig, and the crews that ran them, that allowed the world to come to Bermuda. For centuries, ships approaching Bermuda were met by the sight of several onrushing Pilot Gigs…


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The Bermuda Roof

One of the best things to tell people about Bermuda (and there are lots of them) is that we catch our fresh water from the sky and store it under our homes because we have no natural source of fresh…


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Man of Style: Know Your Bermuda Shorts

If you randomly ask anyone around the world what comes to mind when mentioning the word “Bermuda,” you typically will get one of two answers—the Bermuda Triangle or Bermuda shorts.  I’ll save the mystery topic for another writer and will…


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Lobster Tales from Bermuda’s Outback

As remote as Bermuda is, our onshore environment is essentially suburban, with the wildlife consisting of birds, lizards and a bunch of feral cats and chickens. Almost nothing dangerous or exciting. Offshore is another story entirely, with our extensive coral…


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The Bermuda Skink

Bermuda has been assigned a number of notable monikers over the years; “Isle of the Devils”, “Gibraltar of the West” and, more recently, “Risk Capital of the World”. However, these all pale in significance to the title of “Evolutionary Life Raft”.…

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Freedom Movement: The Bermuda Gombeys

Standing at the pinnacle of Bermudian cultural expression and tradition are the Gombeys. Their drumbeat and dance are instantly recognisable and universally accepted, and adored, as a unique representative of our Island’s heritage. They are exotic in a place sometimes…